Active Community Elders
Active Community Elders is an intergenerational history and storytelling programme. We network with elders to understand their needs to take a holistic approach and offer person-centred support. The project builds on the work of the Roots Oral History project which involved men and women from the Windrush generation who are now community elders, some of whom are at risk of developing dementia because of isolation.
Active Community Elders is informed by the South African concept of Ubuntu which refers to “human kindness”, that which embodies the idea of connection, community and mutual caring for all.
Wellbeing and Community Care Initiative
The ACE Wellbeing and Community Care Initiative meal service is delivered in partnership with Mission In the City Care Group and the West Indian Sports & Social Club. The initial 12-week pilot included sponsors such as Cariocca Enterprise Ltd, Nubian Wellness, plus individual donations.
This initiative was established in response to the harsh impact of the coronavirus on the lives of African-Caribbean elders and that of vulnerable people within our community. It is aimed at enabling beneficiaries to have regular access to hot meals which is specific to their cultural heritage free of cost.
The project has received funding from We Love Manchester and is currently funded by the Lottery Community Fund.
Through our work in the Active Community Elders programme, we see:
A reduction in levels of isolation
Increased participation in intergenerational activities such as storytelling and poetry writing
Funding from Age-Friendly Hulme and Moss Side enabled us to work in partnership with Mission in the City Care Group A Byte to Eat Project. This involved working with a number of elders and young volunteers to design and produce an 18 month Black History Calender. This was followed up with a series of story telling and poetry writing sessions. These sessions were facilitated by Deanne Heron, published writer of short stories and poems.
Facts and figures
More than 25,000 older black and minority ethnic (BAME) people have dementia in the UK.
This number is expected to grow to nearly 50,0000 by 2026 and over 172,000 by 2051.
Research suggests BAME communities often face delays in dementia diagnosis and barriers in accessing services
There’s evidence that people from BME communities are not sure where or how to find information about dementia.